April 20, 2023

If I have a philosophy of life, it’s about making your own way. Going out and getting it done. Not expecting it to be done for you.

—Janet Jackson

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April 19, 2023

Acceptance of prevailing standards often means we have no standards of our own.

—Jean Toomer

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April 18, 2023

When I was young, stories were a big thing in our house. Sometimes the stories came from books, but generally the stories centered around my parents’ experiences as young children. These stories allowed me to build powerful images of myself as a young girl and as a woman.

—Julia A. Boyd

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April 17, 2023

If you respect yourself, it’s easier to respect other people.

—John Singleton

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April 16, 2023

I was an odd child; I was extremely introverted, very quiet. And my mother would allow that because she was also an introvert; we were kindred spirits.

—Gloria Naylor

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April 15, 2023

I’ve heard some of the young people laugh about slave love, but they should envy the love which kept mother and father so close together in life, and even held them in death.

—Alonzo Haywood, former enslaved African-American

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April 14, 2023

Sometimes the runt pig beats the whole litter growing.

—African-American Proverb

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April 13, 2023

We shouldn’t depend on the outside world for our happiness; we should have our private world where we go for some peace. So we must be careful about how we build our private worlds.

—J. California Cooper

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April 12, 2023

I did not realize it then, but the phrase, “We are very proud of you,” always with the emphasis on very, boosted me immeasurably through the years.

—Jonah Martin Edelman

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April 11, 2023

It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.

—Sutton E. Griggs

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